Stories From American History

Book - 2001
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Grand Central Pub
American history is replete with great and dramatic events, and in recent years a generation of great writers have brought these events to life. They have shared these stories with the viewers of the groundbreaking C-SPAN program, Booknotes, and here the best have been collected for readers to savor. Renowned writers and historians examine more than eighty unforgettable moments in American history, moments both celebrated and uncelebrated, from the Boston Tea Party to the Watergate break-in, from slavery to affirmative action, from Gettysburg to Iwo Jima.

Included are Annette Gordon-Reed on the different ages' reactions to the Jefferson-Hemings controversy, James M. McPherson on the rush to enlist to fight in the Civil War, Witold Rybczynski on the building of Central Park, Gina Kolata on the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918, Nicholas Lemann on the "great migration" of Southern blacks to Northern cities, Tom Brokaw on the World War II generation, Norman Podhoretz on the rise of neoconservatism, Leonard Garment on Watergate, Richard Holbrooke on the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, and much more.

For Booknotes's famously devoted fans?and for anyone interested in American history?this is a wonderfully engaging compendium of information, opinion, and fascinating new perspectives.

Baker & Taylor
Contemporary writers and historians examine specific events that have shaped American history, from the Boston Tea Party to the final days of the first Bush administration.

Book News
A collection of 78 interviews conducted by Lamb on the C-SPAN television show "Booknotes" since its inception in 1989. Discussing themes and events of American history, the interviews are organized by the chronological order of the topics discussed from the Boston Tea Party to the qualities of Bill Clinton's mother. Although many of the interviews were conducted with professional historians, significant exceptions exist, including Tom Brokaw talking about his book The Greatest Generation and former Atlanta mayor and civil rights activist Andrew Young discussing Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail . Lamb's questions have been omitted from the interviews. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586480837
Branch Call Number: 973 BOO
Characteristics: xxii, 540 p., [32] p. of plates ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Brian 1941-


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